Questions of Relocation in Rio's Unstable Favelas

Mudslides and unstable housing are common in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro where officials are trying to get people to relocate to safer areas.

"Local authorities estimate that 24,000 residents of Rio de Janeiro live in high risk areas.

After the latest mudslides in April, the government said said that all would have to leave from their homes - and would be removed by force, if necessary. The plan is to move them to new housing units yet to be built."

But forced relocation is very controversial in the favelas, where the government previously instituted forced relocations in the 1960s, 1970s and 1990s.

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